Septic Tank Pumping


Puyallup Septic Tank Pumping

Your septic tank is part of one of the most important and intricate systems found in homes and businesses today.

Few home or business owners ever get to see their septic tank in operation until something goes wrong; located underground, your septic tank stores wastes from a variety of household fixtures and appliances; your washing machine, sinks, and toilets all depend on a properly maintained septic system to function properly and process waste outside of your home.

How Does a Septic Tank Work?

Although you can’t see your septic tank, it’s working hard daily to ensure that it’s storing and breaking down pretty much everything that goes down the drains in your home. The wastes and fluids that go down these drains all converge into one pipe that leads into the septic tank’s inlet, where the waste begins to break down and separate, becoming septage.

Heavier matter that goes through your plumbing, like toilet paper and other solid items, sink to the bottom of the tank, creating sludge. Organic matter like oils, fats, proteins and other compounds float to the top, creating scum. Finally, most of your septic tank is comprised of effluent: gray water that once carried sludge and scum.

Besides keeping wastes outside of your home, your septic system has a beneficial effect on the soil on your property; the effluent, now broken down and free of solid waste, is released from the septic tank into the drain or leach field. The leach field is a series of pipes with holes to release the effluent directly into the soil, enriching it with organic material.

Septic Tank Pumping and Maintenance

Considering what goes down the drains of your home or business every day, the last thing you want is a malfunctioning or backed-up septic tank; not only is septage unsanitary and pungent, septic tank repair can be very expensive depending. Regular inspection and maintenance of your septic tank can prevent these problems.

To ensure that your septic tank is working properly, you should avoid flushing the following materials down your drain:

  • Salt
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Food scraps
  • Hygiene products and other toiletries
  • Cooking oil and grease


Taking care of your septic system is easy, but requires you to be conscious of what goes down your drains when you flush or wash dishes. You can learn more about the steps you can take to maintain your septic tank using our “Care and Feeding of Your Septic System,” this brochure includes complete diagrams of septic systems as well as information and useful tips.

Septic System Inspections

Flohawks hopes you’ll use this information to properly care for and maintain your septic tank. But even the most careful homeowner will need to have their septic tank inspected and pumped regularly. As the drains in your home are used, the sludge and scum levels will begin to rise, eventually requiring septic tank pumping services.

In addition, real estate transactions in some Washington counties require a Report of System Status (RSS) and a regular operation and maintenance program for septic systems in these homes.

At Flohawks, our technicians excel at identifying factors that could affect your septic system. From tank to leach field, our technicians will ensure that your septic system is operating smoothly and that your tank levels are normal. If the scum and sludge levels in your tank are too high, it’s time for your septic tank to be pumped.

Septic Tank Pumping

Septic tank pumping must be done by a professional plumbing and septic company like Flohawks; our highly trained and experienced certified operation and maintenance specialists are available 24/7, 365 days a year for your septic tank needs. We’re available nights, weekends, holidays, and for emergencies; we’re here for you when you need us.

To schedule a septic system inspection or septic tank pumping by one of our experienced technicians, call us today or fill out our convenient contact form.




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